Saturday, November 9, 2013

Video: Louisville Raises 2013 National Championship Banner

Watch as the Louisville Cardinals raised their 2013 National Championship banner prior to today's game against College of Charleston:

Louisville Uses Late Run to Blow Past College of Charleston

(3) Louisville 70
College of Charleston 48

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The emotion of raising a national championship banner combined with replacing two key players from the team that won the title had No. 3 Louisville in a close game for 33 minutes against the College of Charleston on Saturday.

Then came the boom.

The Cardinals outscored Charleston 22-3 over the final 6:41 to pull away to a 70-48 victory in the first game of its national championship defense.

"Our quality, that `boom' quality that we had last year came out again in the second half because we played like starving dogs," Louisville coach Rick Pitino said.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski saw it when Louisville shook off the grief of losing teammate Kevin Ware to a broken leg and ripped off a 13-2 second-half run that pushed the Cardinals to the Final Four.

"I thought we had a chance there, and then, boom," Krzyzewski said after the Midwest Regional final. "That's what they do to teams."

Louisville pulled off similar comebacks against Wichita State and Michigan to earn the school's third national title in April. They unveiled the championship banner for those efforts before Saturday's game but were shaky at the start following the ceremony that Pitino wrapped up.

"We are very much like the Green Bay Packers. We are owned by our fans," he said, choked up in the moment.

Preseason All-America Russ Smith led Louisville with 21 points and five assists. He said while the pregame pageantry was "special" it "threw everything out of rhythm."

"We just had to kind of kick the rust off," Smith said. "I'm kind of happy we got back into playing the way we know how to play."

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Scout Tells Jeff Goodman "Julius Randle is Better" Than Andrew Wiggins

Jeff Goodman of ESPN recently spoke to an NBA scout about Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins.

"Great athlete, no way he's the top pick in the draft," the scout told Goodman. "Julius Randle is better."

GoodmanESPN "Great athlete, no way he’s the top pick in the draft. Julius Randle is better." - Scout to me last night on Wiggins-

Here's an excerpt about Julius Randle:

“His body, his shoulders are so big. You know it, but it’s different when you see it in person. There’s just not much you can do about him. He’s so strong, and so quick off the floor. He goes hard. He’s a man. He needs to do a better job finishing through contact. But he’s so big and strong, that you expect him to dominate. What people are going to forget is that he’s still just a kid.” 

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Tom Izzo Thinks Calipari Should Forfeit If He Feels UK Team is Too Young

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo spoke to the media following his team's win over McNeese State last night.

Izzo was asked to comment on John Calipari's statement that it's "not fair" for the young Wildcats to be facing teams like Michigan State early in the season. Izzo said if Calipari wants to forfeit, he'll take the win.

"I agree! I think he should forfeit," Izzo said. "You know. I mean if Johnny doesn't want to play, I'll take a win. I'm not proud. I'll just take a win any way I can get one."

Here are Izzo's comments (UK comments around 6:00 mark):

Michigan State's Adreian Payne Can't Talk About UK "Because it's going to be a cuss word"

Michigan State senior Adreian Payne says he can't talk about Kentucky on air because "it's going to be a cuss word."

Here is an excerpt from

At the start of his interview, Payne laughed and offered a warning as he saw a television camera approach, saying, “I can’t talk about Kentucky on air because it’s going to be a cuss word.”

One reporter who hadn’t heard Payne earlier asked the player about Kentucky coach John Calipari having once flown by helicopter to recruit him, and the big man proceeded to make good on his promise.

“Not right now because Coach (Tom Izzo) said we’re not allowed to talk about…we’re not allowed to talk about Kentucky,” Payne said, adding in an expletive while smiling.

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Randle, Poythress and Lee Talk About Win Over UNC-Asheville

Here is video footage of Julius Randle, Alex Poythress and Marcus Lee talking to the media after Kentucky's season-opening win over UNC-Asheville:

* Video by Kentucky Wildcats TV

Friday, November 8, 2013

John Calipari Talks to the Media After UNC-Asheville Game

Here is video of both coaches talking to the media following Kentucky's season-opening win over UNC-Asheville:

* Video by Kentucky Wildcats TV

No. 1 Kentucky Hammers UNC-Asheville, Julius Randle Nets Double-Double

(1) Kentucky 89
UNC-Asheville 57

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Julius Randle netted a double-double in his first official college game as No. 1 Kentucky hammered UNC-Asheville 89-57 Friday night in Rupp Arena.

Randle led the Wildcats (1-0) with 23 points and 15 rebounds. Marcus Lee came off the bench to chip in 17 points on 7-for-8 shooting. James Young added 11 points and 4 rebounds. Alex Poythress contributed a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Aaron Harrison scored 10 points and pulled down 5 boards while twin brother Andrew Harrison finished with 8 points and 5 assists.

Will Weeks led UNC-Asheville (0-1) with 19 points and 7 rebounds.

Kentucky was 28-for-59 (47.5%) from the field and 3-for-10 (30%) from the three-point line. The Wildcats shot a poor 30-for-48 (62.5%) from the free throw line.

The Wildcats return to action Sunday at 4:00 p.m. when they host Northern Kentucky University.


• After getting double-doubles in the two exhibition games, Julius Randle notched a double-double in his first official collegiate action with 23 points and 15 rebounds.
o Randle was two shy of UK first-game records in both categories. Terrence Jones had 25 points in
his first collegiate game and Sam Bowie had 17 rebounds in his career lidlifter.
• Alex Poythress also got a double-double tonight with 10 points and a career-high 13 boards.
o It was his second career double-double. The other came last season with 20 and 12 in a win over
o UK is now 6-0 in Poythress’ career when he gets nine or more rebounds.
• Marcus Lee came off the bench to get 17 points in his collegiate debut.
• James Young had 11 points, seven of which came in the key 10-0 run early in the game.
• Willie Cauley-Stein had a fine floor game tonight with a career-high-tying four assists, four blocked shots and had a career-high-tying three steals.
• Aaron Harrison had 10 points, five rebounds and a game-high four steals.
• Andrew Harrison had eight points and a game-best five assists.

Game highlights via Kentucky Wildcats TV:

Box score (click to enlarge):

Eastern Kentucky Opens Season with Big Win Over FIU

Eastern Kentucky 83
Florida International 61

Final from Kennesaw, Georgia

Game recap by EKU:

KENNESAW, Ga. – Senior guard Glenn Cosey led a balanced Eastern Kentucky University offense with a game-high 17 points as the Colonel men's basketball team defeated FIU in the 2013-14 season opener Friday afternoon, 83-61. The game was the first of three for the Colonels at the Kennesaw State Tournament.

Cosey not only finished with 17 points, but eight assists and six rebounds. Fellow senior Marcus Lewis chipped in with a career-high 16 points on 7-of-9 (77.8 percent) shooting. Meanwhile, senior Orlando Williams (14 points) and junior Corey Walden (11) reached double figures as well.

Eastern started the game slowly, trailing 8-2 at one point, before quickly pulling away from FIU in the first half. Lewis' lone three-pointer gave the Colonels their first lead at 11-10. Just a couple of minutes later, Cosey netted a three-pointer to put EKU ahead for good, 14-12.

Eastern Kentucky netted 5-of-6 (83.3 percent) three-pointers during one stretch to move ahead, 20-12.

Six different Colonels tallied a three-pointer in the opening half as EKU built a whopping 23-point cushion late in the stanza, 44-21. Eastern shot 48.3 percent (14-of-29) from the field and 46.7 percent (7-of-15) from behind the arc in the opening 20 minutes to take a 45-24 lead into intermission.

FIU made a run early in the second half, scoring 15 of 19 points in a five-minute span, but the Colonels responded with a 15-1 run to put the game away.

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Pitino: Chane Behanan Will Practice Today

University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said during a press conference this afternoon that suspended forward Chane Behanan will practice with the team today.

Pitino has not determined when Behanan will return to game action.

"He (Behanan) deserves to be there," Pitino said. "The last 30 days he's done a great job."

Pitino added that Behanan is "embarrassed" and joked that 30 days with no problems is a "minor miracle."

Five Kentucky Players Earn Preseason All-SEC Honors

Five players from the University of Kentucky have been named All-SEC by the league's coaches highlighted by Julius Randle on the First Team.

Willie Cauley-Stein, Andrew Harrison, Alex Poythress and James Young are on the Second Team.

Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball Anthony Hickey, a junior at LSU, also made the Second Team.

First Team All-SEC
Trevor Releford – Alabama, G, 6-0, 190, Sr., Kansas City, Mo.
Patric Young – Florida, C, 6-9, 240, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Julius Randle – Kentucky, F, 6-9, 250, Fr., Dallas, Texas
Johnny O’Bryant III – LSU, F, 6-9, 256 , Jr. , Cleveland, Miss.
Marshall Henderson – Ole Miss, G, 6-2, 177, Sr., Hurst, Texas
Jabari Brown – Missouri, G, 6-5, 214, Jr., Oakland, Calif.
Jordan McRae – Tennessee, G, 6-6, 185, Sr., Midway, Ga.
Jarnell Stokes – Tennessee, F, 6-8, 260, Jr., Memphis, Tenn.
Second Team All-SEC
Scottie Wilbekin – Florida, G, 6-2, 176, Sr., Gainesville, Fla.
Willie Cauley-Stein – Kentucky, F, 7-0, 244, So., Olathe, Kan.
Andrew Harrison – Kentucky, G, 6-6, 215, Fr., Richmond, Texas
Alex Poythress – Kentucky, F, 6-8, 239, So., Clarksville, Tenn.
James Young – Kentucky, G, 6-6, 215, Fr., Rochester Hills, Mich.
Anthony Hickey – LSU, G, 5-11, 182, Jr., Hopkinsville, Ky.
Earnest Ross – Missouri, G, 6-5, 228, Sr., Cary, N.C.
Jeronne Maymon – Tennessee, F, 6-8, 260, Sr., Madison, Wis.
Here is a release from UK:

Seven different schools are represented on the two teams with Kentucky having five selections while Tennessee had three and Florida, LSU and Missouri each have two selections. In all, 37 different players received votes for the coaches’ teams.

The coaches’ preseason All-SEC first and second teams consist of a minimum of eight players on each squad, voted on by the SEC Head Men’s Basketball Coaches. No ties were broken and no predicted order of finish was made.

Randle averaged 18.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game in UK’s two exhibition contests. He notched a double-double in both victories. The Dallas native previously earned All-SEC preseason first team honors by the league’s media voting panel and was tabbed the early season favorite to win SEC Player of the Year accolades.

Cauley-Stein and Poythress are UK’s top-two returning scorers from the 2012-13 squad. Both players earned distinction on the All-SEC Freshman team a season ago. Cauley-Stein logged 9.5 points and seven blocked shots in Kentucky’s two preseason victories. Poythress averaged 8.5 points in the two outings.

Andrew Harrison who is a Bob Cousy award watch list candidate earned preseason All-SEC second team honors by the media as well. Harrison did not suit up during exhibition play. Young was UK’s second-leading scorer in exhibition contests averaged 12.5 points per outing. He also dished out seven total assists and accounted for four steals.

The Wildcats open the 2013-14 campaign with a home contest Friday against UNC Asheville. Tip off is slated for a 7 p.m. ET start.

Chane Behanan Will Return to Louisville's Bench for Saturday's Game, Will Not Play

Suspended junior forward Chane Behanan will return to Louisville's bench for Saturday's game against the College of Charleston.

Behanan will not play in the game but will be allowed to participate in Louisville's banner ceremony for the 2013 national title.

Here is more from

Behanan won’t play, but Pitino will let the 6-foot-6 junior forward take part in ceremonies honoring the 2013 national title. A black sheet covering the championship banner comes off 15 minutes before the game, and players are going to wear the same style of sleeved jerseys from that run.

In a matter of three weeks, Pitino’s stance on Behanan has gradually lightened to the point where most expect him, a starter in 37 games last season and the Cardinals’ fourth-leading scorer, to return by U of L’s Dec. 28 game against Kentucky — if not sooner.

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Erik Daniels Signs with BC Odessa in Ukraine

Former University of Kentucky forward Erik Daniels has officially signed with BC Odessa in Ukraine's top-level Superleague.

Daniels played 42 games for the Erie Bay Hawks in the NBA Development League last season. He averaged 7.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game last season.

During his 10-year professional career, Daniels has played in the D-League, Italy, Croatia, Israel and Ukraine.

If Daniels' Twitter posts are any indication, it sounds as if his journey to Ukraine got off to an interesting start:

danielserik Tried to lay in my bed and fell thru. Smdh.

danielserik Plus no Netflix in Ukraine.

Plenty of College Basketball in Kentucky This Weekend; Here's a Schedule

When Eastern Kentucky takes the court against FIU this afternoon, it will tip off a full weekend of college basketball around the state.

There will be just under 30 games around Kentucky between today at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday evening.

Here is a complete schedule for the weekend:

Friday, November 8
5:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University vs. FIU (at Kennesaw State)
7:00 p.m. UNC Asheville at University of Kentucky
7:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Purdue
7:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at Taylor University
7:00 p.m. Salem International at Kentucky Christian University
7:00 p.m. Boyce College at Brescia University
7:00 p.m. Asbury University at Kentucky State University
8:00 p.m. Cardinal Stritch vs. St. Catharine College (at Saint Francis)
8:00 p.m. Campbellsville University vs. Vanguard University (at Las Vegas)
8:00 p.m. Virginia Intermont at University of Pikeville (BB&T Classic)
8:30 p.m. Quincy at Kentucky Wesleyan College (All-American Club Classic)
8:30 p.m. Murray State University at Valparaiso
TBA Alice Lloyd College vs. West Virginia Tech (BB&T Classic at UPIKE)

Saturday, November 9

1:00 p.m. St. Catharine College vs. TBA (at Saint Francis)
1:00 p.m. College of Charleston at University of Louisville
4:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at Life University
5:00 p.m. Campbellsville University vs. Concordia University (at Las Vegas)
5:30 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Kennesaw State
6:00 p.m. Point at Union College*
6:00 p.m. Miami University Middletown at Georgetown College
7:00 p.m. Mid-Continent University at Morehead State University (Exhibition)
7:30 p.m. Milligan College at Berea College
8:00 p.m. West Virginia Tech at University of Pikeville (BB&T Classic)
8:30 p.m. Lake Erie at Kentucky Wesleyan College (All-American Club Classic)
TBA Alice Lloyd College vs. Virginia Intermont (BB&T Classic at UPIKE)

Sunday, November 10

1:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University vs. Youngstown State (at Kennesaw State)
4:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at University of Kentucky

* Conference Game

Thursday, November 7, 2013

John Calipari Press Conference Prior to UNC Asheville

Here is Kentucky head coach John Calipari's press conference as his team prepares to open the regular season against UNC Asheville:

All Staff (Except Gottlieb) Predicts Kentucky in the Final Four

Everyone at, with the exception of Doug Gottlieb (surprise, surprise), predict that Kentucky will make the Final Four in 2014.

Gary Parrish, Jerry Palm and Jon Rothstein pick Kentucky to win the national championship. Jeff Borzello picks Louisville to repeat.

All writers except Matt Norlander pick the Cards to return to the Final Four.

Palm and Parrish pick John Calipari to earn Coach of the Year honors.

Rothstein picks Julius Randle to win Freshman of the Year.

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Louisville to Reveal 2013 National Championship Banner Prior to Saturday's Game

The Louisville Cardinals' 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship banner will be revealed in a pregame ceremony prior to Saturday's game against the College of Charleston.

Here are details from UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville's 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship banner will be revealed in a pregame ceremony prior to the Cardinals' opening game against College of Charleston on Saturday. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 12:45 p.m. to view the presentation. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

The banner will be on display in the upper end of the KFC Yum! Center aside the Cardinals' 1980 and 1986 NCAA Championship banners, UofL's additional seven Final Four banners, and the 1948 NAIB and 1956 NIT Championship banners. A special video of the Cardinals' championship run will be played during the ceremony and the pregame video prior to player introductions will also have a championship theme that will be used solely for this opening game.

Exclusively for the opening game, the Louisville team will wear the same style of sleeved adidas uniforms that the Cardinals wore during their 2013 Big East Championship and NCAA Tournament Championship run.

UofL schedule posters will be available at the entrance to the arena celebrating the national title. Fans will have an opportunity to take pictures with the NCAA Championship trophy in the arena lobby prior to the game.

Fans will also have a photo opportunity until game time with one of the actual Werner ladders used during the post-game net cutting from April in Atlanta. A basketball goal will be set up near the Woodford Reserve Club on the concourse level at the rear of the KFC Yum! Center for the fan photo session.

A limited number of tickets, priced at $39 each, remain available for the game. Tickets are on sale at the UofL Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium at 2800 South Floyd Street. The ticket office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Cardinal fans may also purchase tickets by visiting Ticketmaster online, calling 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting any Ticketmaster Ticket Center.

Field Announced for 2013 Legacy Nissan Shootout at North Laurel High School

The field and schedule has been announced for the 2013 Legacy Nissan Shootout at North Laurel High School.

The event runs December 21-23 and includes high-level teams and players.

Here's a look at the field and schedule (click to enlarge):

Champions Classic Renewed for Three Additional Years

The Champions Classic event has been renewed for an additional three years with future games taking place in Indianapolis, Chicago and New York City.

Kentucky will play Kansas in 2014, Duke in 2015 and Michigan State in 2016.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky men’s basketball program along with Michigan State, Kansas and Duke, in conjunction with ESPN, have agreed to renew the Champions Classic for an additional three years, it was announced on Thursday.

“We are excited to continue and be a part of this season-opening event,” UK head coach John Calipari said. “The Champions Classic does a couple of things for our schedule. One, it allows us to play an early-season marquee game at a neutral site, which is important for our team to play in before the NCAA Tournament. Secondly, when you talk about Duke, Kansas, Michigan State and Kentucky, you're talking about four of the best programs in our sport. So it's a great event for our fans. We're happy we could renew it for three more years.”

The Champions Classic debuted during the 2011-12 season and will now continue through the 2016-17 season. The event pitting four of the winningest programs in college basketball history will rotate through the cities of Indianapolis (2014), Chicago (2015) and New York (2016). All six games will be broadcasted by ESPN.

The inaugural event debuted in Madison Square Garden in 2011, followed by the Georgia Dome in 2012.

This year’s matchup will take place in the United Center in Chicago with four of the nation’s preseason top-five ranked teams squaring off in the same venue. No. 1 Kentucky takes on No. 2 Michigan State on Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by fifth-ranked Kansas and fourth-ranked Duke.

UK’s showdown with the second-ranked Spartans is the first 1-2 matchup of Associated Press ranked teams since Feb. 23, 2008, when Memphis, then coached by John Calipari, and Tennessee met. The 2013 meeting between Kentucky and Michigan State will earn the recognition as the earliest meetings between the top-two ranked teams in the country in the history of the AP poll.

Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas will have the call with Andy Katz serving as the sideline report.

Future Champions Classic Matchups

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 (Indianapolis)
Kansas vs. Kentucky
Michigan State vs. Duke

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 (Chicago)
Kansas vs. Michigan State
Kentucky vs. Duke

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 (New York City)
Kentucky vs. Michigan State
Duke vs. Kansas

Rick Pitino Postgame Comments After Pikeville Game

Here is Louisville head coach Rick Pitino talking to the media following his team's 90-61 exhibition win over the University of Pikeville:

Louisville Rolls By Pikeville, Kevin Ware Returns

Louisville 90
Pikeville 61

Exhibition Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

Turns out there was nothing for them or Ware to worry about.

"Basketball-wise I feel like myself," said Ware, who wore black wraps on both of his lower legs. "My speed and everything, jumping-wise, feels back to normal. I feel fine."

Ware took an even bigger step toward normalcy when he hit a 3-pointer from the right side with 8:30 left that made it 71-44.

"I honestly thought I would air-ball my first shot," said Ware, who hit 1 of 3 field goals but converted 3 of 4 free throws. "When it went in, everything went back to normal."

Ware is coming back from compound fracture in his lower right leg sustained when he landed after going up to block a 3-point shot against Duke on March 31 in Indianapolis. The gruesome injury had teammates and even Louisville coach Rick Pitino crying before they regrouped with encouragement from Ware to win 85-63.

From that moment the Cardinals had their emotional center. Ware went on to become an instant, if reluctant, celebrity.

Since then the question became when Ware would come back to a Louisville squad needing his experience, length and shooting - especially with Final Four MVP Luke Hancock hobbled by an Achilles tendon injury. Ware was expected back for the opener Saturday against the College of Charleston.

But just as fast, Pitino called Ware's number.

"I wanted to get him some minutes just to get over the jitters of being back just in case we used him against Charleston," said the coach, who decided before the game to play Ware.

"He's been practicing full bore. I just wanted to see him run around, just run and jump and get some confidence. "But he's been doing that in practice."

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Shagari Alleyne to Play for Expansion New York Jamm

Former Kentucky center Shagari Alleyne will be playing for the New York Jamm this season.

The Jamm are a new expansion team in the ABA.

Alleyne posted a message on his Facebook account:

Shagari Alleyne about an hour ago near New York, NY via mobile.

What's good FB? Come check out the New York Jamm as we take on the Staten Island Vipers in the first game of our inaugural season in the ABA. The game takes place at New Roc City (where the skating rink used to be) Saturday at 7:30. Inbox me if you need tickets #NewYorkJamm #ABAbasketball #Leggo

Trinity's Raymond Spalding Picks Up Offer from Xavier

Trinity High School forward Raymond Spalding has picked up an offer from Xavier.

Ryan Roberts of broke the news on Twitter:

Ryan_Ky0203 Xavier has offered 2015 6'9 Trinity and @EYBLTravelers F Raymond Spalding.

Spalding is a talented 6-foot-9 forward in the class of 2015.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Ryan Harrow is Off to a Solid Start at Georgia State

Former Kentucky point guard Ryan Harrow is off to a solid start at Georgia State.

Harrow had 17 poings, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in GSU's 90-60 exhibition win over shorter.

In Georgia State's second exhibition game, Harrow had a team-high 19 points and 3 assists in a 94-38 victory over Fort Valley State.

Kevin Ware Nails First Shot Since Returning from Gruesome Injury

Watch as Louisville's Kevin Ware nails his first shot since returning to the court following his horrific injury in March:

Jon Hood Has Tires Slashed, Receives Parking Violation

The week got off to a rough start for Kentucky senior Jon Hood, who found his tires slashed Sunday and received a $25 parking fine on Monday.

Here is more from

UK senior guard Jon Hood returned to his Toyota Tundra in the Joe Craft E lot Sunday to find that two of his $450 tires had been slashed, according to a UK police report.

The truck, which still sat in the lot Tuesday, had a hand written sign on it that read, “tires slashed police report on file, cannot move car!! When I can I will,” and was signed Jon Hood.

A parking violation with a $25 fine was placed on the truck Monday.

The fact that Hood is a basketball player is not a factor in the ticketing or ticket paying process, said Lance Broeking, director of parking and transportation.

“We treat everyone equally,” Broeking said.

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Noah Cottrill Helps Georgetown College Hold Off IU-Southeast

Georgetown College 100
IU-Southeast 91

Final from Georgetown, Kentucky

Game recap by GC:

The No. 1 Tigers hit 100 for the third straight game, but there was nothing easy about the win over Indiana University Southeast. Noah Cottrill was seven-of-eight from behind the three-point line as Georgetown College (3-0) outlasted Wiley Brown's Grenadiers (2-1), 100-91.

Cottrill hit five threes in the second half, not missing on one attempt. His most enthusiastic and crowd pleasing came as the Grenadiers were making a run. The sophomore spun out of a halfcourt trap, controlled the ball, set his feet and hit the three. It took a seven-point game back out to double-digits with just more than three minutes remaining.

"If we've learned anything in our battles with IUSE over the past three seasons, I would think it was this team does not go away," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "Wiley will have his team fighting until the end.

"I was pleased that even with that late run; we kept our composure and took care of things offensively. I'd like to see use step up more defensively. Our first three games have been fast and furious, which allows for a lot of points, but we need to pressure more and kept our opponents' score down."

Joe Caldwell gave the Tigers their largest lead of the night with a two at the 9:58 mark. GC led by 19, 83-64, and looked on pace to cruise again. IUSE had other plans. It furiously tried to erase the deficit on a 20-8 run, capped by a jumper from Jake Simpson. It was 91-84 at that point, setting the stage for Cottrill's seventh bomb.

Deondre McWhorter was the lone Tiger in double-digits at the half with 10, but Monty Wilson and Cottrill found the rhythm in the final 20 minutes. Cottrill had a game-high 27, while Wilson finished with 23. Jaylen Daniel had 13, McWhorter 12 and Dominique Hagans finished with 10. Russ Middleton had five points, Caldwell four and Trenity Burdine and Montavious Marc both finished with three.

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Schedule for 2013 Kelsey Sorrell Memorial Scrimmage at Simon Kenton

The 2013 Kelsey Sorrell Memorial preseason scrimmages will be held November 23 at Simon Kenton High School.

Here is a little about the event from a friend over at

2013 Kelsey Sorrell Memorial Scrimmages

The 2013 Kelsey Sorrell Memorial pre-season basketball scrimmages will take place Saturday, November 23rd at Simon Kenton High School in Independence, Ky. ALL proceeds from this event will go to the Kelsey Sorrell Memorial Scholarship Fund. This fund awards scholarships to high school students to further their education. Kelsey, a 2007 Notre Dame High school graduate was killed in a car accident in January of 2008. Her dad, Steve is long time Cov Cath freshmen coach.

Varsity teams will play in the main gym while the JV teams plays in the auxiliary gym.

9:00 a.m. St. Henry vs. Owen County
10:30 a.m. Conner vs. Western Hills
12:00 p.m. Cooper vs. Augusta
1:30 p.m. Dixie vs. Wilmington
3:00 p.m. Scott vs. Oak Hills
4:30 p.m. Ryle vs. Springfield
6:00 p.m. Covington Catholic vs. Mason County
7:30 p.m. Simon Kenton vs. Newport

John Calipari Sits Down with George Raveling

Longtime college basketball coach George Raveling recently sat down with Kentucky head coach John Calipari:

Sixers Are Rebuilding Nerlens Noel's Jump Shot

The Philadelphia 76ers are working to "rebuild" Nerlens Noel's jump shot.

The Sixers' coaching staff feel they have a perfect opportunity to work on Noel's jumper as he continues to rehab from knee surgery.

Here is more from

During this mode, the Sixers’ coaching staff has decided to take rebuild Noel's jump shot.

“I think we have the perfect environment to do it because we have a whole year,” Brown said. “We have taken him back to doing a lot of one-handed shooting. I can sense that he is shooting with two hands behind my back. But when he does that, the off hand comes in and elbows start flying. But when he does just one hand, he gets his elbow under it and it is a good looking shot.”

In his one season at Kentucky, Noel shot 59 percent from the floor but much of his scoring was around the rim. The goal is to have him become a fundamentally-sound shooter from 15 feet and in.

“It is his future,” Brown said of Noel investing time in his shooting technique. “The first place you start is the free throw line because now he is going to turn and face. He really likes Kevin Garnett, a turn-and-face, jump-shooting big, and he aspires to be one of them even though he is a post player initially. I think the free throw is what carries over to the other parts of the game. And I hope we can get that right.”

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Lindsey Wilson College Throttles Mid-Continent

Lindsey Wilson College 99
Mid-Continent University 58

Final from Columbia, Kentucky

Game recap by LWC:

COLUMBIA, Ky.  Lindsey Wilson men's basketball defeated Mid-Continent (Ky.) University 99-58 as Tony Horne scored a team high 24 points at Biggers Sports Center.

The Blue Raiders (2-1, 0-0 MSC) started the game on a 14-2 run as Simon Barres scored four of his nine points in the first three minutes of the game. The Cougars cut the lead to nine at 20-11 on a Wesley Brown field-goal from Blake Wheeler.

Lindsey Wilson continued to score though as they went on a 20-2 run to make it 40-13 with just over 14 minutes to play.  Horne made 3-of-4 free-throws in the last seconds of the first half to make it 48-22.

The Blue Raiders shot 18-for-31 from the field in the first-half and 50 percent from beyond the arc. The Cougars shot 39 percent from the field while going 1-for-6 from the line.

Mid-Continent started the second half with a 6-0 run to cut the deficit to 20 at 48-28. Leading 54-34, Daronte' Clark nailed a three-point shot from the corner to put the Blue Raiders up 23. The Cougars continued to battle back as they cut the lead to 61-43 before Lindsey Wilson 22-9 run.

Clark hit six three-pointers, two in the final three minutes to push the lead to 93-54 with just over two minutes to go in the game. The Blue Raiders hit three field-goals, but missed their final four free-throws to end the game 99-58.

Complete Recap

Workout Tape of 2015 UK Recruit Eric Davis

Check out this new workout footage of 2015 Kentucky recruit Eric Davis from Saginaw Arthur Hill (Mich.) High School:

St. Catharine Survives Saint Francis in OT; Tolefree Scores 26

St. Catharine College 86
Saint Francis (Ind.) 82  F/OT

Final from Springfield, Kentucky

Game recap by Saint Francis:

ST. CATHARINE, Ky. -- Five University of Saint Francis players scored in double figures led by Scott Kohne's 22, but it wasn't enough at host St. Catharine College, which pulled out an 86-82 overtime win over the Cougars on Tuesday night.

USF outscored the Patriots (1-0) 40-32 in the second half to tie the game at 74, but SCC prevailed in overtime outscoring the Cougars 12-8. SCC outscored USF 42-34 in the first half after shooting .652 (15 for 23). USF shot .500 (12 for 24) in the first half.

USF (2-2) returns home for its USF Tournament against Concordia University at 6 p.m. at Hutzell Athletic Center. In the second game defending NAIA Division II champion Cardinal Stritch plays St. Catharine College at 8 p.m. The loser's play Saturday at 1 p.m., the winners at 3 p.m.

All five USF starters reached double-figure scoring with Josh Hogan adding 17 points for USF, Jordan Hahn 14, Austin Fox 12 and Kegan Comer 11. Fox led USF scoring at halftime with 10.

William Tolefree led SCC with 26 points. The Patriots controlled a 31-24 rebounding advantage, 13-8 on the offensive boards in a game that had five ties and six lead changes. USF held its largest lead at eight at the 11:05 mark in the first half while SCC led by 13 at 3:53 in the first half.

Complete Recap

Jay Johnson Commits to Marshall University

Former Woodford County High School star Jay Johnson has committed to Marshall University for 2014.

Johnson, an athletic 6-foot-7 forward, currently plays for John A. Logan (JUCO) College. In 29 games last season, he averaged 10.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

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"It’s a good fit for me.  Not too far from home, really good relationship with the coaching staff, and players.”

How does he feel he will fit in their style of play?

“It’s a good system where the 3s and 4s are basically the same thing a lot of pick and pop and coming off screens.  My strength are rebounding and I can play inside and out.”

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Rupp Arena Named Fifth Best Arena to Watch College Basketball

USA Today has named Rupp Arena the fifth best arena in the nation to watch a college basketball game.

Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium tops the list followed by The Carrier Dome at Syracuse. The Palestra at Pennsylvania is third and The Pit at New Mexico is fourth.

Here is an excerpt about Rupp Arena:

Lexington’s massive multi-purpose arena was opened in 1976. Whether it’s the banners hanging from the rafters or Ashley Judd sitting courtside, a game at Rupp is highly recommended but tickets are hard to come by. Consider the fact that more than 20,000 pile into just to watch a Midnight Madness practice.

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TyShwan Edmondson Sent to Springfield Armor in Three-Team Trade

Former University Heights star TyShwan Edmondson has been sent to the Springfield Armor in the a three-team trade in the NBA Development League.

The Texas Legends drafted Edmondson in the third round of Friday's NBA D-League Draft.

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The Springfield Armor have completed a three-team trade that will bring guard Tyshwan Edmondson (6'4''-G-89) to Springfield, along with a third-round pick in the 2014 NBA D-League Draft. The Armor acquired Edmondson, who was a sixth-round pick in last Fridays NBA D-League Draft, from the Texas Legends and the third-round pick in the 2014 draft from the Santa Cruz Warriors. The Armor sent 7-foot, 8-inch center Paul Sturgess, a third-round pick in last Fridays draft, to the Texas Legends. To complete the trade, Texas acquired forward Jeremy Atkinson (6'4''-F) from Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz received center Dwayne Jones (6'11''-C-83, college: St.Joseph's) and guard John Allen from Texas. The Armor will bring 17 players to training camp, which opens Friday. Among the players is former UMass standout Gary Forbes (6'7''-G/F-85, college: Virginia). Courtesy of:

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Videos of New UK Commit Trey Lyles in Action

Here are some highlight videos of new Kentucky commit Trey Lyles in action:

Several Former Kentucky College Players Taken in 2013 UBA Draft

Several former state college players were taken in the 2013 UBA Draft this week.

Former Bellarmine star Jeremy Kendle was drafted No. 8 overall by the Indiana Generals. Kendle played two games with El Massagno in Switzerland last month. Last season, he played in Morocco.

The Generals drafted former Louisville forward Alvin Sims with the No. 7 pick of the second round. Sims has enjoyed a long professional career with stops in Austria, Iran, United Arab Emirates and Lebanon.

Steve McBorrough, who played collegiately at Mid-Continent University, was taken by the Georgia Prime with the No. 16 pick in the second round.

Patrick Dawson from Kentucky State University was taken with the No. 1 pick in the third round by the Georgia Spartans.

The Louisville Diesel drafted former Spalding University star Jametrius Brasher with the No. 8 pick in the third round.

1st Round

1.Atlanta Legends - Taj McCullough (201-F-86)
2.Bayou Warriors - Taj Gray (204-F/C-84)
3.Atlanta Legends - Mike Mercer (192-G-86)
4.Louisville Diesel - Jeremy Kelly (196-G-82)
5.Georgia Vipers - Senario Hillman (185-PG-88)
6.Texas Cyclones - Michael Adams (211-C-82)
7.Georgia PRIME - Quennell Green (198-G/F-84)
8.Indiana Generals - Jeremy Kendle (186-G-88)
9.DFW Stars - Jeremy Mayfield (208-F-87)
10.Cleveland Havok - Robert Martinez (182-PG)
11.Georgia Spartans - Raymond Gregory (206-C-90)
12.Gem City SLAM - Anthony Smith (203-F-87)
13.GIE Maile Matrix - Anthony Oxley (174-PG-86)
14.Kentucky Kings - Andrew Stevens (198-F)
15.Louisville Flash - Dayvon Sloan (178-PG)
16.Southern Generals - Johnathan Murphy (198-F)

2nd Round

1.Texas Cyclones - Mo Weathers (185-G-90)
2.Georgia Prime (Traded to the Atlanta Legends) - Jeremy Bynum (193-G-88)
3.Atlanta Legends - Billy Humphrey (191-G-87)
4.Georgia Vipers - Terrence Hundley (191-G-85)
5.Gem City Slam - Darnell Tubbs (187-G)
6.Georgia Spartans - Ron Coleman (198-F-86)
7.Indiana Generals - Alvin Sims (193-G/F-74)
8.Bayou Warriors - Jeremy Havard (203-F-88)
9.DFW Stars - Earl Rabb (191-G-87)
10.Cleveland Havok - Gary Cox (196-F)
11.GIE Maile Matrix - Jonathan Adams (198-F-87)
12.Louisville Diesel - Jeremy Holland (203-F)
13.Southern Generals - Perry Nelson (175-G)
14.Louisville Flash - Greg Grimes (198-F)
15.DFW Stars - Dominique Ingram (186-G-82)
16.Georgia PRIME - Steve McBorrough (206-C)

3rd Round

1.Georgia Spartans - Patrick Dawson (190-G)
2.Bayou Warriors - Eric Young (193-G-88)
3.Texas Cyclones - Ivan Johnson (195-G-88)
4.Georgia Vipers - Wallace Prather
5.DFW Stars - Dayton Sheridan (203-C)
6.Cleveland Havok - Reggie Rasmus (200-C)
7.GIE Maile Matrix - Alan Love (198-F)
8.Louisville Diesel - Jametrius Brasher (198-F)
9.Indians Generals - Dave Scott (191-F)
10.Kentucky Kings - Aaron Pennington (198-F)
11.Southern Generals - Walter Rush
12.Cleveland Havoc - Eric Hardyway (182-G)
13.Louisville Flash - Matt Bowman (185-G)
14.Fort Worth Fresh - Curtis Hill (198-F-81)
15.Gem City Slam - Matt Edwards (188-G)
16.Kentucky Kings - Gene Cotton


Chez Marks, Trevor Setty Named to BBL Team of the Week in the United Kingdom

Two players with local ties were named to the BBL Team of the Week in the United Kingdom this week.

Former Morehead State guard Chez Marks had 21 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals for the Glasgow Rocks in a 100-86 win over Manchester.

Trevor Setty, who is playing his first pro season after an outstanding career at the University of Pikeville, was named to the team after scoring a career-high 27 points in the Plymouth Raiders 74-71 win over Worcester.

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Chez Marks (191-G-80, college: Morehead St.) (Glasgow Rocks)

The other half of the Rocks' backcourt, Marks makes the grade for the second time this season to force his way into the BBL Team of the Week. He has carried his rich vein of form from last year into the new campaign with some efficient scoring and he added another 21 points to his tally so far this season, with a big display against the Giants. Marks also had six rebounds, two assists and two steals in an all-action performance which head coach Sterling Davis will hope gets his team onto a winning streak.

Trevor Setty (203-G/F-89, college: Pikeville) (Plymouth University Raiders)

The swingman grabs his first ever spot in our line-up after producing the best performance of the entire weekend with a 27 point performance which carried Raiders to a thrilling success live on BBL TV at Worcester Wolves. It needed something special to finally break the Wolves' winning streak and Setty delivered it by conjuring up a great shooting performance either side of the three-point line. He had the hot-hand from outside and nailed five triples, as well as adding seven boards and a fantastic five steals.

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Bob Knight is Back and Other ESPN Announcer Assignments for 2013-14

ESPN has revealed their list of college basketball announcers and analysts for the 2013-14 college basketball season.

Fans will see a familiar list of names including Dick Vitale, Jimmy Dykes, Jay Bilas, Mike Patrick, Dan Dakich, Dan Shulman, Fran Fraschilla and  Brad Nessler.

SEC fans will get heavy doses of Mark Jones, Rece Davis, Joe Davis, Dino Gaudio, Dykes and Nessler. To the surprise of many, longtime coach Bob Knight will be back for Thursday night SEC games.

Louisville fans will be treated to Mike Patrick, Len Elmore, Jason Benetti, Tim Welsh and Dave O'Brien on most nights.

Some other names that stand out on the list are Bill Walton, LaPhonso Ellis, Len Elmore, Darrin Horn and Jon Crispin (remember the Crispin brothers?).

Here's a Rundown

Willie Cauley-Stein, Alex Poythress Talk About Win Over Montevallo, James Young's Shot

Here are postgame comments from Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress following Monday night's win over Montevallo:

John Calipari Postgame Comments After Montevallo Game

Here is Kentucky head coach John Calipari talking to the media following last night's 95-72 win over Montevallo:

Julius Randle, Russ Smith Named to Oscar Robertson Trophy Preseason Watch List

Kentucky's Julius Randle and Louisville's Russ Smith have been named to the 2013-14 Oscar Robertson Trophy Preseason Watch List.

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association announced the 15 players selected to the watch list this afternoon.

The award is presented annually to college basketball's national player of the year at a gala to be held the Monday following the NCAA Men's Final Four.

Randle is one of four freshmen on the list. The others are Aaron Gordon (Arizona), Jabari Parker (Duke) and Andrew Wiggins (Kansas).

Pos.Player, SchoolHt.Wt.Yr.Hometown
GJahii Carson, Arizona State5-10180So.Mesa, Ariz.
GAaron Craft, Ohio State6-2195Sr.Findlay, Ohio
FC.J. Fair, Syracuse6-8215Sr.Baltimore, Md.
FAaron Gordon, Arizona6-9225Fr.San Jose, Calif.
GGary Harris, Michigan State6-4210So.Fishers, Ind.
GJoe Harris, Virginia6-6225Sr.Chelan, Wash.
FDoug McDermott, Creighton6-8225Sr.Ames, Iowa
FMitch McGary, Michigan6-10255So.Chesterton, Ind.
GShabazz Napier, Connecticut6-1180Sr.Roxbury, Mass.
FJabari Parker, Duke6-8235Fr.Chicago, Ill.
CAdreian Payne, Michigan State6-10245Sr.Dayton, Ohio
FJulius Randle, Kentucky6-9250Fr.Dallas, Texas
GMarcus Smart, Oklahoma State6-4220So.Flower Mound, Texas
GRuss Smith, Louisville6-0165Sr.Brooklyn, N.Y.
GAndrew Wiggins, Kansas6-8200Fr.Vaughan, Ont.
By conference: Big Ten (4), ACC (3), American Athletic (2), Big 12 (2), Pac-12 (2), Big East (1), SEC (1).
By class: Seniors (7), Juniors (0), Sophomores (4), Freshmen (4).

2014 Star Trey Lyles Commits to Kentucky

Trey Lyles, who ranks No. 8 overall in the list for 2014, has just committed to the University of Kentucky.

Lyles is a 6-foot-10 power forward at Arsenal Technical (Ind.).

His final decision came down to Kentucky and Louisville.

Kentucky Shows Improvement in Final Exhibition Game

Kentucky 95
Montevallo 72

Exhibition Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Top-ranked Kentucky slowly and methodically put away a pesky Montevallo team 95-72 in exhibition action Monday night at Rupp Arena.

Freshman Julius Randle paced the Wildcats with 21 points and 11 rebounds. James Young added 16 points and provided the highlight of the night when he accidentally threw a loose ball into the wrong basketball while jumping out of bounds.

Willie Cauley-Stein finished with 12 points, 4 rebounds and 6 blocked shots. Aaron Harrison chipped in 10 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds.

Kentucky shot 36-for-62 (58.1%) from the field while the Falcons finished 27-for-68 (39.7%).

Troran Brown led Montevallo with 30 points on 12-for-34 shooting.

The Wildcats open the regular season Friday night when they host UNC Asheville at 7:00 p.m.

Complete game highlights:

Box score (click to enlarge):

The College Basketball Season is in Full Swing: Schedule for the Week

The college basketball season is off and running around Kentucky.

Here's a full schedule for the week:

Monday, November 4

Huntington Prep 108 Alice Lloyd College JV 65
University of Kentucky 95 Montevallo 72

Tuesday, November 5

7:00 p.m. Boyce College at Berea College
7:00 p.m. IU-Southeast at Georgetown College
7:30 p.m. Saint Francis at St. Catharine College
8:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Alice Lloyd College
9:00 p.m. Mid-Continent University at Lindsey Wilson College

Wednesday, November 6

7:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at University of Louisville (Exhibition)

Thursday, November 7

8:00 p.m. Mid-Continent University at Cumberland University

Friday, November 8

5:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University vs. FIU (at Kennesaw State)
7:00 p.m. UNC Asheville at University of Kentucky
7:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Purdue
7:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at Taylor University
7:00 p.m. Salem International at Kentucky Christian University
7:00 p.m. Boyce College at Brescia University
7:00 p.m. Asbury University at Kentucky State University
8:00 p.m. Cardinal Stritch vs. St. Catharine College (at Saint Francis)
8:00 p.m. Campbellsville University vs. Vanguard University (at Las Vegas)
8:00 p.m. Virginia Intermont at University of Pikeville (BB&T Classic)
8:30 p.m. Quincy at Kentucky Wesleyan College (All-American Club Classic)
8:30 p.m. Murray State University at Valparaiso
TBA Alice Lloyd College vs. West Virginia Tech (BB&T Classic at UPIKE)

Saturday, November 9

1:00 p.m. St. Catharine College vs. TBA (at Saint Francis)
1:00 p.m. College of Charleston at University of Louisville
4:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at Life University
5:00 p.m. Campbellsville University vs. Concordia University (at Las Vegas)
5:30 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Kennesaw State
6:00 p.m. Point at Union College
6:00 p.m. Miami University Middletown at Georgetown College
7:00 p.m. Mid-Continent University at Morehead State University (Exhibition)
7:30 p.m. Milligan College at Berea College
8:00 p.m. West Virginia Tech at University of Pikeville (BB&T Classic)
8:30 p.m. Lake Erie at Kentucky Wesleyan College (All-American Club Classic)
TBA Alice Lloyd College vs. Virginia Intermont (BB&T Classic at UPIKE)

Sunday, November 10

1:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University vs. Youngstown State (at Kennesaw State)
4:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at University of Kentucky

* Conference Game

Monday, November 4, 2013

James Young Makes Amazing Shot in the Wrong Basket

Watch as Kentucky's James Young makes one of the more incredible shots in the history of Rupp Arena...into the wrong basket:

Andrew Harrison Will Not Play Tonight Against Montevallo

Kentucky head coach John Calipari has just announced that freshman Andrew Harrison will not play tonight against Montevallo.

Here are Calipari's comments on Facebook:

John Calipari: Andrew could play tonight, but I’m going to hold him out. We're off tomorrow so that gives him another day of rest. Hopefully he’ll be ready to go Wednesday for our game on Friday but no guarantees. I’m going to start Jarrod to let Aaron play both his natural position at the two and point. Starting with Jarrod will be Aaron, James, Julius and Willie.

2014 Star Trey Lyles to Announce Tomorrow; Louisville or Kentucky?

Trey Lyles will announce his college decision tomorrow on ESPNU at 12:50 p.m.

KyleNeddenriep Tech forward Trey Lyles (2014) will make his college decision at 12:50 p.m. Tuesday at his school.

KyleNeddenriep RT @Gracie_ESPN: Trey Lyles #7 basketball recruit, will make college decision on @ESPNU tomorrow at 12:55pm. Down to #Louisville #Kentucky

Lyles, who ranks No. 8 overall on the list for 2014, is down to Louisville and Kentucky.

My Thoughts: All signs seem to indicate Kentucky for Lyles.

Russ Smith Named to AP Preseason All-America Team

Louisville senior guard Russ Smith has been named to the AP Preseason All-America Team. Smith averaged 18.7 points, 3.3. rebounds and 2.9 assists per game last season.

No Kentucky players were named to the All-America Team but Willie Cauley-Stein, James Young and Julius Randle received votes.

Kansas' Andrew Wiggins is the only freshman to make the All-America Team.

AP Preseason All-America Team

- Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, 6-4, sophomore, 65 votes (15.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 4,2 apg, 3.0 spg)
- Doug McDermott, Creighton, 6-8, senior, 63 (23.2 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 54.8 fg pct, 49.0 3-pt pct)
- Russ Smith, Louisville, 6-0, senior, 52 (18.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.9 apg, 80.4 ft fg pct)
- Andrew Wiggins, Kansas, 6-8, freshman, 42 (HS: 23.4 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 4.3 apg, 58.0 fg pct)
- Mitch McGary, Michigan, 6-10, sophmore, 34 (7.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 59.8 fg pct)

Others receiving votes (alphabetical): Isaiah Austin, Arizona State; Jahii Carson, Arizona State; Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky; Aaron Craft, Ohio State; Cleanthony Early, Wichita State; C.J. Fair, Syracuse; Aaron Gordon, Arizona; Gary Harris, Michigan State; Joe Harris, Virginia; Rodney Hood, Duke; Roy Devyn Marble, Iowa; James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina; Jabari Parker, Duke; Adreian Payne, Michigan State; Julius Randle, Kentucky; James Young, Kentucky.

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Four UK Freshmen on Wayman Tisdale Award Watch List

Four University of Kentucky freshmen are on the 2014 Integris Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award Preseason Watch List.

Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Julius Randle and James Young were named to the watch list that was announced earlier today.

Here is a release from UK:

ST. LOUIS – University of Kentucky freshmen Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Julius Randle and James Young are among 10 first-year players selected for the 2014 Integris Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award Preseason Watch List announced Monday by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).

The four freshmen were part of the top-ranked recruiting class in the country and make up 40 percent of the preseason watch list.

Others named on the list are Tyler Ennis, Syracuse; Aaron Gordon, Arizona; Kasey Hill, Florida; Jabari Parker, Duke; Wayne Selden, Kansas; Andrew Wiggins, Kansas.

Former Wildcats to claim the honor include Anthony Davis (2012) and John Wall (2010).

The USBWA has chosen a national freshman of the year since the 1988-89 season when LSU's Chris Jackson was the recipient. Last season, Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart became the third winner of the Wayman Tisdale Award. Other notable previous winners of the national freshman of the year award include Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd and Chris Webber.

ESPN Profiles Kentucky Assistant Orlando Antigua

Check out this ESPN profile of Kentucky assistant coach Orlando Antigua:

Bellarmine University Ranked No. 4 in Preseason Poll, KWC is No. 12

Bellarmine University will enter the 2013-14 season ranked No. 4 in the nation. The Knights received a single first place vote and 335 total points in the NABC/Division II Coaches Poll that was released Friday.
Metropolitan State tops the preseason poll with 10 first place votes and 393 total points. Seattle Pacific (Wash.) and West Liberty (WV) are numbers 2 and 3, respectively.
Kentucky Wesleyan College is ranked No. 12 in the poll.
NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (Nov. 1, 2013 – Pre-season poll)
                                                                                                 Record                   Points              Pvs
1. Metropolitan State, Colo. (10 first place votes)             32-3                        393                   3
2. Seattle Pacific, Wash. (2 first place votes)                     27-4                        379                   2
3. West Liberty, W.Va. (2 first place votes)                         34-2                        355                   1
4. Bellarmine, Ky. (1 first place vote)                                   24-8                        335                  14
5. Minnesota State                                                                  28-5                        318                   6
6. South Carolina Aiken (1 first place vote)                        25-8                        288                  20
7. Cal Poly Pomona                                                                28-3                        282                   5
8. Drury, Mo.                                                                             31-4                        262                   7
9. Florida Southern                                                                 27-6                        227                   8
10. Western Washington                                                        31-3                        216                   4
11. Findlay, Ohio                                                                     22-8                        211                  22
12. Kentucky Wesleyan                                                          20-8                        202                  NR
13. Midwestern State, Texas                                                 22-9                        197                  NR
14. Indiana, Pa.                                                                        26-6                        185                  10
15. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn.                                                 25-6                        172                  13
16. Saint Anselm, N.H.                                                           23-6                        169                  11
17. Northeastern State, Okla.                                                19-9                        166                  NR
18. Southern Indiana                                                              23-8                        112                  15
19. Alabama-Huntsville                                                         25-6                         85                     9
20. Winona State, Minn.                                                         27-8                         80                   NR
21. Winston-Salem State, N.C.                                             21-7                         69                   16
22. Carson-Newman, Tenn.                                                  20-8                         61                   NR
23. North Alabama                                                                  19-9                         57                   NR
24. Livingstone, N.C.                                                              22-7                         41                   NR
25. Harding, Ark.                                                                    22-10                        38                   NR
Others receiving votes: Christian Brothers (Tenn.) 30, Philadelphia (Pa.) 30, Fort Lewis (Colo.) 27, Augustana (S.D.) 25, Cal State-San Bernardino 20, Montevallo (Ala.) 20, Tarleton State (Texas) 20, Bowie State (Md.) 18, Alaska-Anchorage 16, Franklin Pierce (N.H.) 16, Benedict (S.C.) 15, Dixie State (Utah) 13, Fort Hays State (Kan.) 12, Arkansas Tech 8, Alderson-Broaddus (W.Va.) 7, Anderson (S.C.) 5, New Haven (Conn.) 5, East Stroudsburg (Pa.) 4, Florida Tech 4, Stillman (Ala.) 3, Bridgeport (Conn.) 1. St. Cloud State (Minn.) 1.
Records are from 2012-13 season.  Previous ranking was final ranking from 2012-13 season.

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